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(BPT) - Following military service, many veterans feel overwhelmed by the transition to civilian life and the decision about what’s next. While veterans may feel that it’s challenging to identify civilian jobs that match their skills, there are job opportunities across the country and in their own backyard — they just need help finding them. 

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Thursday 12/06/2018
Road salt reduces crashes by up to 88 percent
Updated: December 09, 2018 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Each winter, drivers from Maine to Texas are reminded just how dependent they are on their cars, and what happens when snow and ice get in the way. More than 116,000 Americans are injured and over 1,300 are killed on snowy, slushy or icy pavement every winter.

Hong Kong: One Place, Two Perspectives [Video]
Posted: December 06, 2018

Arkansas offers year-round access to mountain biking trails for riders of all skill levels
Updated: December 09, 2018 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Arkansas boasts a mild four-season climate, diverse terrain and unparalleled beauty, making it the ideal destination for year-round mountain biking for riders of all skill levels.

Tuesday 12/04/2018
How to prepare your car for winter weather
Updated: December 09, 2018 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Winter driving can pose a real threat to your safety. From slippery roads to a lack of visibility, you need to be ready for lots of dangerous conditions. But a little preparation can go a long way to keeping you and your family safe. Here are the hazardous weather conditions you’re most likely to face this winter and how to prepare your car for the driving challenges they present.

Monday 12/03/2018
From sand to snow: 8 ways for savvy travelers to win at winter
Updated: December 09, 2018 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - What’s better than a simple stroll through the snow? Completely winning at winter! All right, maybe the season isn’t technically a competitive sport, but there are ways to make the most of the shortest days of the year — with where and how you choose to travel. Here are eight ways you (and your wallet) can win this winter.

Perfect Perth: Your travel guide to Australia's sunniest capital city
Updated: December 09, 2018 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Imagine mornings exploring Australia’s rich culture, afternoons playing on warm, white sand beaches and evenings savoring the country's award-winning wine, incredible local produce, and impressive nightlife.

Thursday 11/29/2018
5 tips for holiday road travel
Updated: December 09, 2018 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - If you’re planning to travel for the holidays this year, you’re not alone. Over 107 million people traveled last year for the holidays, according to estimates from the American Automobile Association (AAA), and more than 97 million of them did so along the nation's highways. If you plan to join them this year, traffic and potholes aren't the only potential problems you'll need to navigate. Weather can also be a challenge during the holidays. According to the Federal Highway Administration, over 70 percent of the roads in the United States are located in snowy regions, which receive five inches of snow or more, on average each year.

5 tips for avoiding the cold & flu this year
Updated: December 09, 2018 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Last year we experienced an unprecedented cold and flu season. The CDC reported an early flu season and much higher than expected rates of hospitalizations for the flu. It is never too early to start preparing your home and workplace to prevent the spread of this viral and infectious, but also life-threatening, illness. These tips can help prevent you and your family from catching the virus.

Thursday 11/15/2018
Discover how Virginia entrepreneurship changed the world
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - If you really want to go deep and learn how the American tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship came about, there’s no better place to begin than the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Holiday Tips for Houseguests and Hosts This Season
Posted: November 15, 2018

(StatePoint) Planning for the holiday season? Whether you’re a guest or a host, there are easy ways to ensure that everyone enjoys their time with family and friends. Check out these tips for a joyful holiday season:

Wednesday 11/14/2018
5 tips for an efficient and safe moving day
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - Moving to a new home can call for the coordination of a lot of details. That’s especially true if you’re a do-it-yourselfer who’s renting a truck rather than hiring a moving company.

6 holiday travel hacks to save your sanity
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Follow these tips to save time, money and your sanity this holiday season.

Monday 11/12/2018
Slippery season: Mayo Clinic offers 10 tips for avoiding falls
Updated: November 17, 2018 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - With the winter season approaching, you may need to pay closer attention to watching your step. Even if you’re active, healthy and full of life, statistics show that you have a greater chance of taking a debilitating fall as you age. Mayo Clinic notes that some 400,000 “fragility fractures” occur annually due to falls injuring osteoporosis-weakened bones.

Great Tips for an Outdoor Winter Adventure
Posted: November 12, 2018

(StatePoint) There’s no need to resign yourself to the gym all winter long. Outdoor adventures are the perfect way to stay fit and have fun, even during the chilliest months of the year.

Thursday 11/08/2018
The dangers of ticks and how to remove one from your body safely
Updated: November 17, 2018 - 2:35 am

Wednesday 11/07/2018
Drivers dabble with drive-time decisions
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - There are a lot of decisions to make when it comes to driving, and the list only grows once you’ve got your own set of wheels. Whether you’re facing a purchasing dilemma over which make and model is best for you, or simply wonder how much is too much to top off the gas, being a responsible driver comes with more options than there are gears on a manual car.

Thursday 11/01/2018
Cultural Cuisine: Roy Yamaguchi's 6 tips for cooking pan-Asian inspired meals at home
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:09 am

(BPT) - The preparation of a good meal can be about much more than satisfying your family’s hunger. Not only can the process be fun, creative and rewarding, but it can be a meaningful way to share and learn about different cultures.

How to pack the party with you next time you're traveling
Updated: November 05, 2018 - 5:00 am

Tuesday 10/30/2018
6 tips for shopping in Guadalajara
Updated: November 05, 2018 - 5:00 am

(BPT) - As one of Mexico’s top artisanal hubs, Guadalajara offers culture, cuisine and shopping. Travelers can find everything from expertly crafted pottery to luxe leather goods in markets throughout the city. For those who travel the world in search of the best locally produced, stylish souvenirs, Guadalajara provides a vibrant, festive atmosphere — after all, this is the birthplace of mariachi, tequila and charrería, the Mexican rodeo! 

Monday 10/29/2018
Know your enemy: Bed bugs
Updated: November 05, 2018 - 5:00 am

(BPT) - Does the thought of a bed bug infestation send a shiver down your spine? Do you immediately think of insects hiding in beds? Did you know that bed bugs aren’t just found in those places? The experts at Terminix are here to clear up some common misconceptions and provide information so that you can be more prepared than scared if you ever find yourself dealing with these pests.

Friday 10/26/2018
How to Eat Like a Local in El Salvador
Updated: November 05, 2018 - 5:00 am

(BPT) - Foodies with adventurous palates might be tempted to vacation in El Salvador just to enjoy its array of delectable local dishes.

Wednesday 10/24/2018
Wheelchair damage is a frequent risk for disabled travelers
Updated: November 05, 2018 - 5:00 am

(BPT) - Does the idea of holiday travel make you feel like a Scrooge? Booking a flight, traversing through a packed airport and getting to the gate on time are just a few things that can cause stress. Then there's using those tiny on-board bathrooms, and hoping you get your luggage back in one piece.

12 things every traveler should add to their France itinerary
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:09 am

Friday 10/19/2018
Tech tricks: 5 digital improvements helping millennials reach life goals
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(BPT) - As innovation and technology drive our world forward, millennial consumers expect seamless experiences more-so than their older peers. This desire is motivating businesses to make processes and experiences more efficient through digital tools so they can ultimately meet the expectations of their customers.

Thursday 10/18/2018
5 tips to keep your tires ready for holiday driving
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Holiday season is upon us again, meaning an extra-large helping of food, family, friends and fun are in store. Unfortunately, so is the seasonal nasty weather. Be prepared for chilling temps, rain and snow that could easily put a damper on driving to holiday celebrations and shopping sprees.

Tuesday 10/16/2018
5 tips for staying calm, cool and collected when you're always on the go
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:09 am

(BPT) - No matter what you’re chasing or up against — goals, bargains, chores, deadlines, your kids, etc. — life can be crazy. There never seems to be enough time to check everything off your to-do list, especially if you’re always on the go. Here are some tips and tricks for keeping your sanity while managing your busy lifestyle:

Monday 10/15/2018
Find out what destinations are trending, hot and undiscovered for the holidays [Video]
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:09 am

Wednesday 10/10/2018
Take a road trip through Arkansas for the best fall foliage views
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - With vibrant colors, crisp air and unmatched natural beauty, autumn is one of the most popular times of the year to visit Arkansas. During the months of October and November, The Natural State is the ideal destination for a long weekend trip to experience some of the most vibrant fall foliage in the U.S. Whether you’re traveling as a family, taking a couples retreat or exploring solo, consider driving along these scenic routes and enjoying the historic towns, state parks and nature trails along the way:

Tuesday 10/09/2018
Weekend in paradise? Make a quick getaway to Hawaii
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - A long weekend is coming up, and this time, you’re hoping to elevate it into something more memorable than a run-of-the-mill road trip to the next city.

Thursday 10/04/2018
Touring through the best Italian wines
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - Dreaming of an Italian vacation? You can experience the country's ancient, romantic regions without even leaving home. The wines of Italy embody the heart and soul of the regions in which they're grown.

Wednesday 10/03/2018
How to make sure your door hardware makes the grade
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:09 am

(BPT) - Short, chilly days mean more time spent indoors with family and friends. This is the perfect time to focus on home improvement, starting with finding the right door hardware. While home security is typically top-of-mind, door hardware such as locksets and deadbolts are generally overlooked and purchasing new locks is not a simple decision. Does it need to withstand repeated, long-term use? Or heavy impact, in the case of an intruder? Does it need to be capable of withstanding certain weather conditions?

Monday 09/24/2018
13 moving hacks that could save time, money and sustainability
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:09 am

(BPT) - Changing households can be a time for new beginnings, fresh perspectives and boundless opportunities.

Friday 09/21/2018
Best friends walk across America to raise money and awareness for veterans
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:09 am

(BPT) - Snow, Nor’easter storms and too many blisters to count — no challenge was too big for Matt and Trevor to overcome as they journeyed across the country this year. The determined duo began their excursion on March 1 in Delaware and recently celebrated their final steps in San Francisco on Sept. 8. Traveling across 15 states, Matt and Trevor experienced the trip of a lifetime. And they raised over $6,000 for veterans along the way.

Thursday 09/20/2018
Newborn to 13+: Car safety tips for kids of all ages
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - For many parents, you buckle up your kids and off you go to day care, school or the park. You trust their car seat or booster seat will keep your child safe should something happen, but are you sure the seat you installed months or years ago is truly secure?

"I am deeply concerned that nearly half of all car seats are not used correctly," says Heidi King, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). "You don’t have to be a parent to play a part in protecting children. I urge everyone to follow these simple tips to ensure kids stay safe in the car at every age.”

The right car seat is the best protection in a crash

Every 33 seconds, a child under 13 years old is involved in a car crash, according to NHTSA data. Even more startling: Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1-13.

One of the most common mistakes parents and caregivers make is moving children to the next car seat too soon. No matter their age, you need to make sure that the car seat you use is the right one for your child's age, as well as their size (based on their weight and height).

Newborn to 3 years (infant and rear-facing car seat)

The youngest passengers should remain in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the maximum weight or height of their seat. This positioning better absorbs the force of an impact, making it a better option for small passengers whose necks and spines are still developing. In fact, car seats have been shown to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants (under one year old) in passenger cars.

Keep in mind, even if your child’s feet touch the back of the vehicle seat, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ready for a forward-facing seat. Parents shouldn't move their toddlers into a forward-facing car seat until they've hit the maximum height or weight limit of their current car seat.

4-7 years old (forward-facing car seat)

At this age your child will likely use a forward-facing car seat with a harness. One critical step for installing this car seat correctly is making sure to secure it with its tether, not just a seat belt. The tether is an adjustable strap with a hook that can be found at the top of most forward-facing car seats. When you secure the tether to the tether anchor in your vehicle, it keeps the car seat from moving forward in a crash, helping protect your child from head and neck injuries.

Additionally, always make sure the chest clip is secured across the chest rather than on the belly. These clips have a tendency to move down, so it's up to caregivers to align it properly. Make it a habit to always slide the clip up to the appropriate place after buckling your child in to their seat.

8-12 years old (booster seat)

After a child exceeds the age and size limits of their forward-facing seat, they can transition to a booster seat. A booster seat lifts a child up and helps their body properly align with the vehicle's existing seat belt.

Kids should stay in a booster seat until they are big enough to sit properly with the lap and shoulder belt securely buckled. That means the lap belt is snug across their upper thighs, not their stomach, and the shoulder belt is snug across their shoulder and chest, not their neck or face.

"Tweens" and preteens (seat belt)

Once your child is big enough to ride safely without needing a car seat or booster seat, keep in mind the back seat is still the safest place. All kids 13 and under should ride in the back, even if they try to convince you the front is the "cool" place to be.

For more advice and to find a car seat check location near you, visit NHTSA.gov/TheRightSeat.

Tuesday 09/18/2018
8 home security hacks recommended by police
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - Did you know that many police departments have a community affairs officer whose primary goal is to build a strong working relationship with the community? That means you have access to a trained safety expert who wants to give you ideas to keep your home and neighborhood safe.

The 5 podcasts you should be listening to right now
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:09 am

(BPT) - If you love a good podcast, you're not alone. According to Podcast Insights, 73 million Americans listen to podcasts regularly, seven per week on average. You can find a podcast about virtually any subject that strikes your fancy, so if you're looking for a new show to engage and delight you, there is no shortage of fun, information, news, controversy and commentary out there for you to choose from. But where do you start?

The Florida Keys Deliver Experiences Unlike Anywhere Else
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:10 am

(NAPSI)—The most significant worldwide travel trend today is individuals’ desire for experiential travel.

Maximize Earning Potential With Vacation Rental Properties
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:09 am

(NAPSI)—It is often said that, in real estate, it’s all about “location, location, location.” However, when it comes to rental properties, the key to maximizing their potential is all about “timing, timing, timing.”

Monday 09/17/2018
Beyond the Liberty Bell: Exploring Western Philly
Updated: October 23, 2018 - 4:29 am

(BPT) - A visit to Philadelphia is sure to be steeped in American history and culture. It doesn't get more American than the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. And it doesn't get more authentically Philly than cheesesteaks at competing Geno's Steaks and Pat's King Of Steaks, and the oldest farmers market in the country, Reading Terminal Market. But, when you've been there, done that, what else can you explore?

Wednesday 09/12/2018
Recognizing a true Hall of Fame dad
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:09 am

(BPT) - Each Sunday, millions cheer as their favorite NFL stars charge out of the tunnel and onto the field. For those players, the ultimate dream is a shot at one day becoming a Hall of Famer. This past July, one special father found himself with that title without ever having played in a single game.

Friday 08/31/2018
3 tire safety tips for end of summer
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - With the final days of summer upon us, now is the time to spend a few extra minutes performing a tire safety check. Here are three easy steps to ensure your tires will be ready to handle the season change and keep you and your family safe year-round.

Wednesday 08/29/2018
7 savvy ways to save on your next trip
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Looking to spend time away without spending a ton of money? Your wanderlust doesn't have to directly compete with your desire to save. With a few smart tips and tricks, you can cut costs and make the most out of your trip. These seven savings strategies make travel more accessible, enjoyable and affordable than ever before.

Tuesday 08/28/2018
A vacation deprivation crisis: Americans are not using their PTO
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Americans need a vacation. More than half of working Americans, 52 percent, didn't use all of their PTO last year, collectively leaving 705 million vacation days on the table. That means employers got 705 million of your hard-earned workdays for free. For the love of Jimmy Buffett, people, why are you essentially volunteering at work on your PTO days when you could plant yourself on the beach with an adult beverage instead?

How To Plan A Big-Group Mountain Vacation
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:09 am

(NAPSI)—From destination weddings to family reunions and corporate outings, planning a group affair can be quite a large feat. Whether you’re gathering 50 or hundreds of your closest family and friends, you’ll need plenty of space and things to do. Big hotels or resorts are often quick-to-mind, but bringing everyone together in one spot to bond can be hard when you’re trying to reserve conference rooms or common areas.

Friday 08/24/2018
Fall family travel from leaf peeping to star gazing
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:09 am

(BPT) - The gradual seasonal change is an ideal platform for leaf peeping, stargazing, weekend camping, long drives and getaways that can bring your family closer during the cozier fall months.

Thursday 08/23/2018
Explore America With HomeExchange
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:10 am

(NAPSI)—In a country as diverse and wide reaching as the United States, it is no wonder that some of HomeExchange's most-viewed homes are located there. From top-of-the-line access in New York City to savoring the sunset over Hawaii's North Shore, 2018's Top 10 Homes in the U.S.A. offers something for everyone. You can dive into the Pacific or work on your Florida tan. Now is the time to start planning an adventure with HomeExchange.com.

Thursday 08/16/2018
Why Myrtle Beach is the perfect fall vacation for families
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:09 am

(BPT) - When it comes to vacation planning, millennial families with young children have the edge over school-aged families — no strict school schedules to obey!

Looking for your coolest vacation yet? How about Japan?
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:10 am

(BPT) - If you’re trying to choose the next destination for your big vacation, have you considered Japan? With exciting cities, standout cuisine, traditional charm that echoes the country’s remarkable history, and awe-inspiring natural beauty, Japan embodies a “cool” factor that’s hard to miss.

Why public transit is a key economic issue for growing cities
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:32 am